Why choose holiday cottages in Ireland
What colour do you see when you hear the name 'Ireland'? There's no need to say; I think we all know the answer, and rightly so! There's a reason why Ireland is known as the 'Emerald Isle': it's coated in gorgeous green spaces.
An emerald paradise
It's the kind of country that makes snapping stunning pics almost too easy. Wherever you look, you'll struggle not to see perfect green pastures, unravelling into the distance like the front of a picture postcard.
Perhaps the best park on the planet
Even Ireland's cities are drenched with nature. Dublin is home to Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe. Stretching out over a whopping seven kilometres square, it's home to both the President of Ireland and the third oldest zoo in the world.
What's more, for those of you who say size doesn't matter, it's also been named one of the best parks on the planet. It's one of only two places on earth to be awarded 'gold' in the International Parks Awards, the highest accolade for park magnificence.
A country with everything to offer
Ireland also boasts a wide range of other incredible attractions and luxury locations. It's a country with a little bit of everything. Each of its counties offers a unique brand of entertainment, making it easy to pick the perfect place for you.
County Kerry is for exploring the outdoors
County Kerry is where you can revel in the great outdoors. Perfect for walkers, or family holidays looking to explore the outside. Why not have a crack at scaling Skellig Michael? The most picturesque location in County Kerry, and one of our 10 must-see views in Ireland, this infamous spot is 217 metres of the monstrous mountain, conquered by 618 steps carved directly into the rock.
For something a little more laid back, take a wander across Killarney National Park, the most popular picnic spot in not just County Kerry. Home to panoramic views of towering mountains, luxury lakes, and Ireland's only wild herd of native red deer, be sure to arrive with your camera ready.
County Cork is fantastic for foodies
Sat in the South of Ireland, County Cork is our top location for foodies. Home to almost all of the best restaurants in Ireland, whatever you're craving, you're sure to leave satisfied. If you feel like whipping up your own authentic Irish cuisine, County Cork is also home to the world-famous 'English Market'. Trading since 1788, it's the best place in the country to search for an amazing array of delicious Irish produce to take back to your holiday cottage.
When you're looking for a way to work off all those extra calories, County Cork also holds a large portion of the wild Atlantic Way; the most beautiful trail on Ireland's west coast. With all this, and so much more, trust us when we say, you'll need more than a week stay to begin to discover the many reasons to visit County Cork.
County Clare is a tourist checklist
To the West of Ireland, County Clare is a friendly tourist paradise. Chock full of wholesome holiday fun, we recommend heading straight for Poulnabrone Dolmen. This fantastic rock formation is County Clare's, if not Ireland's, most photographed location.
Another of County Clare's must-see holiday spots is Hazel Mountain Chocolate Factory. A place of pure whimsy, here you can see some of the world's most delicious chocolate get made from scratch. Trust us when we say, it's worth visiting for the intoxicating smells alone.
Dublin is the place to party
Of course, no holiday in Ireland could be complete without a visit to the country's capital, Dublin. The obvious choice for anyone looking for a livelier Ireland getaway, and who knows, maybe a drink or two. Make sure you visit the Temple Bar, a traditional Irish pub and one of the most iconic spots in the city. It's not unusual for the sound of local live music to waft out of this bar's famous red walls until the early hours of the morning.
Of course, when talking about drink in Ireland, it's against the rules not to also mention the nation's two most famous beverages. Guinness and Jamesons are both based in County Dublin and offer delightful distillery tours most days of the year.
Ireland is all about possibilities
Whether you choose Cork, Kerry, or anywhere in between, when it comes to picking your Ireland holiday cottage, you're sure to be spoiled for choice. As a country with an absolutely massive range of luxury locations and must-see sights, it should come as no surprise that Ireland's holiday cottages are no less diverse. The only thing we can promise will be the same with all of them, is they'll be perfect, from the ground floor to the top.
Get the holiday cottage of your wildest dreams
Whatever you're dreaming of, the properties of Ireland can provide. Don't want to be away from your four-legged friend? Book a delightful dog-friendly holiday. Wanting your Ireland breaks to heat things up? Take a look at the best cottages with hot tubs, or leave city life far behind you, with a secluded log cabin holiday.
Imagining a holiday cottage with stunning sea views? Search the best cottages on the Irish coast, or maybe the best holiday cottages near the beach. If you're hoping for a living room with a little extra luxury, book one of the best big cottages in Ireland, a beautiful back garden, or perhaps one of the properties with a pool.